• WCW Co-Hosts Inaugural Women of Color Conference at Wellesley College
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    WCW Co-Hosts Inaugural Women of Color Conference at Wellesley College

    June 2018

    Presenters focused on self care, rejuvenation, creativity, and empowerment throughout the Women of Color Conference held in partnership by WCW and The Home for Little Wanderers in June at Wellesley College.

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  • Separating Parents from Children: A Policy of Abuse?
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    Separating Parents from Children: A Policy of Abuse?

    June 2018

    "When you look through the lens of neuroscience there is no debate -- ripping children from parents is extraordinarily traumatizing," writes WCW's Amy Banks, M.D., in a blog looking at the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" border policy.

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  • Family Equality Council Honors Dana Rudolph ’88 for LGBTQ Parenting Blog
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    Family Equality Council Honors Dana Rudolph ’88 for LGBTQ Parenting Blog

    May 2018

    Last month, Family Equality Council honored WCW's Dana Rudolph ’88 for her writing and advocating for LGBTQ parents on her blog Mombian, in media outlets across the country, and through organizing the annual #LGBTQFamiliesDay.

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  • Read our Research & Action Report
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    Read our Research & Action Report

    June 2018

    Keep up with all of the ways we are advancing social change through research and action in our newest Report. It features highlights from our panel at the United Nations, new research findings, publications, and recent presentations.

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  • Five Ways to Create Fun Summer Learning for Kids
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    Five Ways to Create Fun Summer Learning for Kids

    June 2018

    Georgia Hall, Ph.D., director of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time, shares tips for using summer as a time to help close the achievement gap and empower youth to succeed in the classroom.

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Media and Identity Study

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Ongoing since 2011
Studies

The purpose of this online nationwide survey study is to understand how different types of media (i.e. social, technological, televised) impact young people’s sense of social identities, including racial/ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political attitudes, and civic engagement.

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Open Circle

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Ongoing since 1987
Social and Emotional Learning: Kindergarten - Grade 5

Open Circle provides evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum and professional development for elementary schools.

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Growth and Scaling Grants Program for Social and Emotional Learning Program Providers

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Ongoing since 2013
Social and Emotional Learning

Funding will support refining plans for growing and scaling Open Circle to serve large school districts across the U.S.

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Gratitude Project

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Ongoing since 2015
Open Circle

Open Circle will develop, pilot, and assess new gratitude components for its student curriculum and teacher professional development program.

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Commentary: Let’s Talk about #Sex

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Research & Action Report, Spring/Summer 2016

By Jennifer Grossman Ph.D.

Think about it—in many of our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, there was little family conversation about sex. Often, for religious and cultural reasons, family communication about sex was considered taboo. Many teens did not know what sex was or how to protect themselves from pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This has changed in many families, as cultural expectations have shifted and there is growing recognition that teenparent sexuality communication can protect teens from early pregnancy and STIs. Many parents also have reflected on the potentially harmful effects that ignorance about sexuality had on their own teenage years and lived experiences. Parents now often commit to talking with their children about sex, breaking from traditions of family silence from past generations, as a way to support their children’s healthy development.

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Commentary with Jennifer Grossman

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Let’s Talk about #Sex by Jennifer Grossman, Ph.D.

Think about it—in many of our parents’ and grandparents’ generations, there was little family conversation about sex. Often, for religious and cultural reasons, family communication about sex was considered taboo. Many teens did not know what sex was or how to protect themselves from pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This has changed in many families, as cultural expectations have shifted and there is growing recognition that teenparent sexuality communication can protect teens from early pregnancy and STIs. Many parents also have reflected on the potentially harmful effects that ignorance about sexuality had on their own teenage years and lived experiences. Parents now often commit to talking with their children about sex, breaking from traditions of family silence from past generations, as a way to support their children’s healthy development.

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Recommendations: Quality Out-of-School Time

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by Ellen Gannett, M.Ed. and Elizabeth Starr, M.Ed., National Institute on Out-of-School Time


Quality Out-of-School Time Begins with Investment in Staff

As expectations for high-quality afterschool and outof-school time (OST) programs continue to rise, a skilled, stable and committed OST workforce is critically important. Yet supports for youth workers, and resulting staff quality, remain uneven at best due in part to a highly fragmented landscape. Compensation remains stagnant and opportunities for professional advancement and public recognition remain practically non-existent.

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Recommended Reading for the Next President

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The March April 2016 issue of Women’s Review of Books (WRB) was quite different from the publication’s usual offering. Amy Hoffman, M.F.A., editor-in-chief, included a special section featuring WRB writers and some other favorite feminists sharing recommendations of what they thought the next U.S. president should be reading, in preparation for taking office. Additionally, Cartoon Editor Jennifer Camper illustrated the special section and added brevity with her artwork. The list that resulted is fascinating—and could probably keep even the most well-read person productively busy for the entire next presidential term. But it wasn’t quite what Hoffman expected.

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Recommendations: Preventing Depression in Young People

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By Tracy R.G. Gladstone, Ph.D., WCW associate director and senior research scientist, director of the Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives


Depression is Prevalent but Prevention Programs Are Limited

According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide—it is the most common psychiatric disorder in the U.S., and is particularly common among lower income populations, and among women beginning in adolescence. The average age of onset for depression is 15, and about 20 percent of all people will have experienced an episode of depression by the end of adolescence. Youth depression is associated with a host of negative and long-term consequences, including poorer school performance, difficult peer and family relationships, increased risk of substance abuse, and poorer functional outcomes in adulthood. Of particular note is the connection between youth depression and suicide. Although not all people who commit suicide were depressed at the time, depression and suicidal behavior are indeed linked. Suicide is a tremendous problem in the U.S. and is the second leading cause of death among American adolescents.

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Q&A with April Pattavina, Ph.D. and Linda M. Williams, Ph.D.

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Research & Action Report, Fall/Winter 2015

By April Pattavina, Ph.D. and Linda M. Williams, Ph.D.

The Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative

The Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative, led by Co-Directors Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., and April Pattavina, Ph.D., senior research scientists, was recently launched at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW). Longtime followers of the Centers may recognize Williams, who was director of research at the Stone Center at WCW from 1996 to 2005. In that role, she led the Navy Family Study, a comprehensive approach to understanding the factors that affect successful and unsuccessful outcomes for Navy families involved with the family advocacy office, as well as the outcomes for adults and children exposed to domestic violence, child physical abuse, or child sexual abuse. Williams co-directed the National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center and continued her research on the long-term consequences and memories of child sexual abuse. Pattavina comes to WCW from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where she collaborated with Williams and colleague Melissa S. Morabito, Ph.D., associate professor, on the national multi-site study of sexual assault case attrition through the criminal justice system that is described in the following interview. She brings an interest in applying advances in information and computer technology to the study of social problems. She has been invited to give presentations and workshops on the use of administrative data for policy analysis and received an award from The Boston Foundation for using data to drive community change.

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